The Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op’s store in downtown Roanoke opened this morning, said co-op spokesman John Bryant.
The 1,225-square-foot store opened in the former Thomas Market space. (Thomas Market closed for Center in the Square’s $27 million renovation, which are complete. The owners of Thomas Market decided not to renew the store’s lease.)
The co-op’s store offers grab-and-go foods prepared daily at the co-op’s Grandin Road store and carries items similar to those offered at the Grandin store, but with a smaller selection.
The store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A grand opening is being planned for June, Bryant said.
The co-op started more than 40 years ago as a small natural food store in the basement of a southwest Roanoke County couple’s home. It has now grown to include two stores, and a 25-acre urban farm, Heritage Point, at the Roanoke Center for Industry and Technology. The farm is producing vegetables, fruit, free-range eggs, cut flowers and honey that will be sold at the co-op’s stores.